Chattanooga is outdoors, with great paddling, hiking, rock climbing, and more green spaces than you can hit in a week. Chattanooga is the arts. Albeit itty bitty, its arts district is gorgeous, and so packed with museums and galleries you could spend a whole day (and it’s got a view). Chattanooga is high tech, with “Gig City” being the first in the country to offer gigabit internet. From arts to nightlife to extreme outdoor fun for all. From indoor science centers and aquariums the kids will adore to theme parks and outdoor fun galore, there’s something to do for everybody in Nooga.
Chattown offers so much to see and do you’ll be hard pressed to figure out which Chattanooga Stay Alfred travel apartment to book, let alone spend any time in it. Though, not ones to brag, let’s just say, between classy decor and fancy amenities, a day in your upscale Stay Alfred digs itself, unlike typical Chattanooga vacation rentals, is another cool “thing to do” in Tennessee's Scenic City. But, this isn’t about us, so let’s check out the other great things this fun little Southern city has to offer. Here’s our rundown of some of Chattanooga’s best local attractions, performance venues, tasty restaurants, outdoorsy spots, and more!
Arts & Entertainment
From hilltop museums with river views rivaling the beauty of the paintings within to a slew of downtown theatre options boasting unique performances, from symphony to Broadway acts, plus plenty of classy little venues for nights out in between, Chattanooga delivers when it comes to live performances and artistic exhibitions that stir the soul.
With a little something for everyone each week, downtown Chattanooga’s elegant Tivoli Theatre is a great place to catch music performances from classical to country to rock and more. The Tivoli also boasts comedy acts from some of the nation’s best comedians. Tivoli is also home to the renowned Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, one of the most innovative combos in the country. Catch other great performances at nearby Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium or at Walker Theatre if the Tivoli schedule doesn’t jibe with your schedule.
Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Just across the river and north of downtown, The Chattanooga Theatre Centre offers performances the whole gang will love. Here, you can catch Broadway-style musicals, comedies, dramas, and children's shows, enjoying them in one of the oldest and biggest community theatres in the nation. From top-notch performances like Mary Poppins to walk-in tap-dance lessons for teens (and adults), The Chattanooga Theatre Centre offers something for everyone.
Bluff View Arts District
Resting atop a bluff with panoramic views of the Tennessee River, and with so much artsy stuff that it’s worth a Chattanooga trip itself, Bluff View Art District is a creative hamlet where dazzling visual, culinary, and landscape arts abound. Home of the Hunter Museum of American Art, a slew of great restaurants, coffee houses, art galleries, Instagrammable historic homes, gorgeous gardens, plus verdant plazas and cozy courtyards, Bluff View Arts District is a great spot to spend an afternoon. After perusing the art museum, enjoy a hot cup of joe on the patio at Rembrandt's Coffee House, or pick up a loaf of artisan bread at Bluff View Bakery to take home to that classy Stay Alfred kitchen! Don’t forget to take a stroll through River Gallery Sculpture Garden before you go!
From comedy clubs to bustling billiards bars, quiet music venues to great spots to scoot your boots, Chattanooga nightlife will keep you out late and having fun for sure. But, with your Stay Alfred travel apartment just a hop, skip, and jump away...that’s OK!
If your Chattown afternoon has worked up your appetite, you’ll find great Southern fried chicken and fantastic live music at Champy’s. Country as all get out and hip as heck, Champy’s, along with to-die-for fried chicken, offers a slew of Southern victuals that’ll make your day, plus a looong beer list and lineup of live music to keep you entertained.
Chattanooga Billiard Club
Especially after a long day of travel, it’s nice to stay on your feet and get the blood flowing while you drink a beer, and pool is a great way to do that. We recommend the Chattanooga Billiard Club for pool, darts, and more. And, of course, there’s a great selection of beer and craft cocktails to fuel the fun!
Comedy Catch at The Choo Choo
A local landmark comedy venue for local and national acts, Comedy Catch at The Choo Choo is sure to bust your gut. The place boasts a great bar and grill with tasty Southern pub grub, too. Just make sure you save room for the laughs!
With paddling and rock climbing rivaling most Western towns and an outdoors scene that garnered Nooga “Best Town” more than once by Outside Magazine, Chattanooga is about as outdoorsy as it gets. Exploring cavern waterfalls, enjoying mountainside train rides, and more, travelers who love both big-city fun and outdoorsy adventures will especially love Chattanooga’s outdoor options.
There’s no better place to stretch your legs while enjoying the view than downtown’s Chattanooga Riverwalk. Stretching 13 miles along the southern banks of the Tennessee River, the riverwalk’s paved paths are great for getting in your steps while bonding with Mother Nature. But bring your appetite because there’s a variety of restaurants along the way!
Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard and set sail for Maclellan Island, an 18.8-acre refuge with nice hiking loops just a few blocks from your Chattanooga digs. Maclellan is is home to a wide variety of plants, animals, and birds, with muskrats, geese, making regular showings. Keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers darting across the water, and look for nesting Osprey and Great-blue Heron!
North Chickamauga Creek Gorge
Twenty minutes from downtown but well worth the trip, North Chickamauga Creek Gorge boasts gorgeous waterfalls and plenty of paths for stretching your legs with hiking trails connected to the 200-mile (and growing) Cumberland Trail. If you’re in town for more than a couple days, the gorge is a must-see!
Rock Climbing Spots
On belay! Rock climbers will find plenty of stone to scale all around Chattown, one of the country’s most renowned climbing cities. Located right in the middle of the stone speckled Cumberland Plateau, Chattanooga is the Boulder Colorado of the South, with year-round trad, bouldering and sport routes just minutes away from downtown.
Rivaling Cumberland Plateau in size, dang near, downtown Nooga’s High Point Climbing and Fitness, with indoor and outdoor climbing walls for all abilities, is a great place to get a workout or to meet local climbers. (Off belay.)
Chattanooga Children (Ages 1 to 120)
From riverboat cruises to ghost tours to zoos to checking out the landmark choo choo, Chattanooga is as much for kids as it is for outdoors enthusiasts. If you’ve got kids in tow, there’s no better Southern city for stretching little legs and minds.
Sure they’re all-hands-on-deck for adults, with great dinner menus, adult-beverage options, and entertainment, but bring any kid along on one of the many riverboat cruise options Chattanooga offers on the mighty Tennessee and they’ll thank you. Some, like Southern Belle Riverboat Cruise, reserve certain nights of the week for family night, with great kid fun, kid menus, and kid-friendly entertainment.
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
All abooooaaarrrd!!! If you’ve got little train enthusiast chugging along with your group, you’ll definitely need to hit Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Here, you get to check out century-old steam engines and learn about Chattanooga railway history.
Chattanooga Ghost Tour
Older kids will love a Chattanooga Ghost Tour, some of the most popular (and scariest) in the nation and complete with stories of spirits haunting Nooga’s notorious nooks and crannies – a great way to learn about Chattanooga and to stretch the legs!
Another full day of fun just blocks from several Stay Alfred travel apartment options, is the Tennessee Aquarium. With its awesome exhibits of sea and river animals, birds and butterflies, plus interactive shows, river cruises, and 12,000+ species to peruse including creatures from African mammals to manta rays to local and regional aquatic creatures, the aquarium will certainly be the highlight of the trip for the little ones!
Check out the chimps at Chattanooga Zoo! That’s right, the Warner Park installation boasts chimps, pandas, jaguars and more. The zoo’s Himalayan Passage exhibit is the biggest attraction, being the largest indoor red panda exhibit in the world and also housing snow leopards and Hanuman langurs. The zoo also features a great Latin American exhibit, with capybaras, spider monkeys, macaws, and more! Just another great stop in your Chattanooga adventures!
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